Lake Tahoe Drowning Spurs Water Safety Concerns

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Kenneth F. Campo, who passed away in a water accident.

Kenneth Campo, a 42 year-old San Mateo resident, drowned while paddle boarding in Lake Tahoe. Authorities claim that alcohol was not a factor and the incident appears to be a tragic accident. Campo paddled about 250 yards from the boat launch at Sand Harbor State Park before he fell into the water. A nearby worker heard him scream and went out to help on another paddle board, retrieving him from water with a depth of approximately 20 feet. Campos was rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The launch side of Sand Harbor State Park is a popular area for visitors to use rented kayaks and paddle boarders, and is where boats depart and enter. No lifeguards are stationed in that area. Additionally, an investigation revealed that Campo did not rent out the paddle board himself, so he may not have received a safety briefing.

Campo’s death was the third of its kind in the area within a one month period. He was not wearing a life jacket, although there was one attached to the paddle board. Campos also failed to attach the board’s tether to himself, which could have helped him find his way back to his board. Earlier in the month, a person was killed in a jet ski collision and another Lake Tahoe drowning occurred during a swim race.

Local authorities are reviewing current safety procedures and plan to erect new signs to encourage the use of life jackets in the water. Ed Lyngar, the public information officer for the Nevada Department of Wildlife, penned a letter to the governor of Nevada, urging him to consider life jacket laws and mandatory safety briefings for board rental locations.

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